Rev. Msgr. Ralph A. Brennan
- June 14, 1929 - February 11, 2012
- Austin, Texas
of Rev.'s Passing
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Memories & Candles
I have only been a Catholic since 2008. I became Caholic at St. Thomas More. I did not know Msgr. Ralph well, the memories I have are from listening to the way the members of the RCIA team spoke of of Msgr. Ralph. There was truly great respect for this wonderful man.
Posted by: Geneva Sue Pair - Round Rock , TX - Parishiner of St. Thomas More Feb 14, 2012
Fr. Ralph was a kind and gentle man and a wonderful priest. His eyes glowed with the love he had for our Lord. He will be missed and I am grateful for him sharing that love with our parish.
My sincerest condolences to his family.
Posted by: Carol Cantelmo - Austin, TX - Parishoner at St. Thomas More Feb 14, 2012
We were blessed to have known Father Ralph and have him in our lives. We were one of the first couples he married when he moved to St. Mary's in Brenham, 25 years ago. We also had to honor of having him baptize both of our daughters even though we had moved away. He was a gentle person, a kind spirit, and instantly we became friends. We eventually reconnected when we moved to Austin and he returned to St. Thomas
Posted by: Louella and Kevin Niemeyer - Leander, TX - friend Feb 14, 2012
Fr. Brennan was a gentle and caring person. I knew him from St. Joseph's in Bellmead. I went through CCD classes with him in the 60s and when I married in 1969 he maried us. I have many wonderful memories of him. Thank you Fr. Brennan for the influence you had on my life. Rest in Peace.
Posted by: Cindy Pearce - Wichita Falls, TX - former parishioner at St. Joseph Feb 14, 2012
Monsignor Ralph Brennan, heartfelt thanks for the blessing and gift of our founding priest at St. Thomas More Parish, we will cherish the memories and words spoken during Mass. We are forever grateful and know his star shines bright in heaven! Msgr. Ralph, pray for us! xo
Posted by: Chapman Family - Austin, TX - Parishioner Feb 14, 2012
Fr. Ralph was like a grandfather to me. I met him at St. Forest North and had him in my life for many of my milestones. When I was going through confirmation classes, I asked him to be my sponsor..he said "for what?" He said he had never been asked to sponsor someone for confirmation. After checking with the Bishop, he did. He congratulated me after HS graduation, took me to lunch when I would come from from college, kept
Posted by: Cyndi Brinkman Doyle - Krum, TX - friend Feb 13, 2012
I was blessed to be under Msgr. Brennan's spiritual direction for only the last six months. He was a gentle, warm, kind, holy man who was a great listener and advisor.I always looked forward to the time I was able to spend with him and I will miss him greatly. He helped me to strengthen my faith and helped me to understand where God was leading me in my vocation. With great hope and faith in the resurrection, I pray that he will still guide us and pray for us from his new home in heaven.
Posted by: Ed Ford - Lakeway, TX - Spiritual Director Feb 13, 2012
The 3 most important men in my life are together now, you married us in 1968, we all moved to Austin at the same time, you baptized our children and guided us through our spiritual life. Please continue to pray for us.
Posted by: Anna Urbanovsky - West, TX - Friend & Priest for many years Feb 13, 2012
Just wanted to say how you will be dearly missed. Thanks for all the memories from St. Joseph's Bellmead, your wise counseling and a personal friend to my own family. The girls will miss calling you Uncle Ralph. Remember us sinners here on earth. "You've Got a Friend"
Posted by: Barbara Wiedman - Waco, TX - friend Feb 13, 2012
For the last 4 years, Msgr Brennan was my spiritual advisor. He was such a great listener and so very humble. I list him as Monsignor Brennan however he would not want us to call him that, he would say please call me fr Brennan. But out of respect I call him Msgr Brennan. He deserves that title. I will miss him so much. Rest peacefully; you deserve it.
Posted by: Lorie Gioia - Austin, TX - friend Feb 13, 2012